July 5, 2013
THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, RESPONDENT,
TEVIEAE T. LUGG, DEFENDANT-APPELLANT.
Appeal from a judgment of the Oneida County Court (Michael L. Dwyer, J.), rendered August 19, 2005. The judgment convicted defendant, upon his plea of guilty, of rape in the second degree.
REBECCA L. WITTMAN, UTICA, FOR DEFENDANT-APPELLANT.
SCOTT D. MCNAMARA, DISTRICT ATTORNEY, UTICA (STEVEN G. COX OF COUNSEL), FOR RESPONDENT.
PRESENT: CENTRA, J.P., FAHEY, CARNI, AND SCONIERS, JJ.
It is hereby ORDERED that the judgment so appealed from is unanimously affirmed.
Memorandum: Defendant appeals from a judgment convicting him upon a plea of guilty of rape in the second degree (Penal Law § 130.30 ). We note that defendant's challenges to the jurisdictional requirements of the waiver of indictment and the superior court information need not be preserved for our review (see People v Boston, 75 N.Y.2d 585, 589 n 2; People v Finch, 96 A.D.3d 1485, 1486; People v Waid, 26 A.D.3d 734, 734-735, lv denied 6 N.Y.3d 839), and those challenges are also not precluded by defendant's valid waiver of his right to appeal (see Finch, 96 A.D.3d at 1486; People v Harris, 267 A.D.2d 1008, 1009). Contrary to defendant's contention, however, the record establishes that he entered a valid waiver of indictment, and freely and voluntarily consented to be prosecuted by way of a superior court information (see CPL 195.10, 195.20; People v Burney, 93 A.D.3d 1334, 1334; see generally People v Davis, 84 A.D.3d 1645, 1646, lv denied 17 N.Y.3d 815). Additionally, defendant's contention that the superior court information was jurisdictionally defective lacks merit (see generally CPL 200.15; People v Menchetti, 76 N.Y.2d 473, 475).
Defendant's challenge to the factual sufficiency of the plea allocution is encompassed by the valid waiver of appeal and is unpreserved for our review inasmuch as defendant did not move to withdraw the plea or vacate the judgment of conviction on that ground (see People v Rios, 93 A.D.3d 1349, 1349, lv denied 19 N.Y.3d 966). Although the contention of defendant that his guilty plea was not knowingly, voluntarily and intelligently entered survives his waiver of the right to appeal, because defendant did not move to withdraw the plea or to vacate the judgment of conviction on that ground, he failed to preserve that contention for our review (see Burney, 93 A.D.3d at 1334; People v Russell, 55 A.D.3d 1314, 1314-1315, lv denied 11 N.Y.3d 930). Contrary to defendant's contention, this case does not fall within the narrow exception to the preservation requirement set forth in People v Lopez (71 N.Y.2d 662, 666). Defendant's further contention that he was denied effective assistance of counsel does not survive either the plea of guilty or the waiver by defendant of the right to appeal because he failed to demonstrate that "the plea bargaining process was infected by [the] allegedly ineffective assistance or that he entered the plea because of his attorney['s] allegedly poor performance" (People v Robinson, 39 A.D.3d 1266, 1267, lv denied 9 N.Y.3d 869 [internal quotation marks omitted]; see Burney, 93 A.D.3d at 1334).